Community Schools Coordinator

Posted by

Child First Authority, Inc.

Published 3 days ago

March 12, 2021
$52,000 - $56,000

Child First Background

Child First Authority (CFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by the organization Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD). It was created out of a community organizing effort from parents who wanted high-quality opportunities for young people. CFA develops Baltimore city youth and strengthens families by providing high-quality community schools, after school programs that promote academic achievement, social and emotional well-being, and parent leadership. 



The Community School Strategy

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

A community school offers a powerful framework for addressing inequities, providing opportunities, and helping students navigate barriers so they can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally, and become active participants in our democracy. Community schools are able to perform these important roles by:


·        Organizing community resources in a school setting to provide opportunities and services;

·        Ensuring everybody in the school—youth, teachers, principals, and families and community partners—have a voice, work together, and share accountability for student success;

·        Believing in and setting high expectations for every child; and

·        Building on community strengths and embracing diversity.


Community schools are an educational, developmental, and community change strategy designed to empower children, youth, and families to realize their American Dream. (Coalition For Community Schools, Equity Framework, FAQs)



Job Description

The community school coordinator (CSC) is a professional employee of Child First Authority working at a partner school, fulltime, to implement the community school strategy. The CSC facilitates and provides leadership for the collaborative process and development of a continuum of services for children, families and community members including:


·        Parent/Family Engagement

·        Community Development

·        Youth Development


·        Health and Social Supports

·        Academic Enrichment

·        College and Career Readiness


Together with the school principal and broader school community, the community school coordinator (CSC) will assess the needs of the designated school and form strategic partnerships to help eliminate barriers to academic success for students and families.


Successful CSCs come from a variety of professional backgrounds but possess several key qualities: A natural relationship builder with hunger for results and a go-getter dedicated to finding solutions to intractable obstacles in order to ensure students and their families are fully supported. They are flexible in the face of changing community needs and priorities. All coordinators continuously evaluate and improve their efforts responding to data, feedback from stakeholders, and lessons gathered from their school-based and organizational team.


Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong experience and capacity in the following core competency areas: race equity, planning, asset/resource mapping, stakeholder engagement, partnership development, relationship management, student and family support, family and community engagement, communications, and reporting.



Partnership and Relationship Development

  • Creates a comprehensive, participatory needs/assets assessment of the school and community in partnership with the Principal and school and community stakeholders;
  • Develops and coordinates new partnerships guided by needs assessment and School Performance Plan;
  • Helps to raise funds and in-kind donations to support programming.


Student and Family Support

  • Serves as a member of the school student support team and attendance team to identify students at risk of chronic absence and disciplinary action, collaborating with the school, families, and community to provide necessary supports;
  • Refers students and families to community agencies and organizations to support their health, mental health, and family stability as appropriate.


Family and Community Engagement

  • Plans highly effective events that respond to the needs and interests of families, and support the achievement of their family goals;
  • Organizes, trains, and develops parent leaders to connect to the school, academic achievement and school decision-making;
  • Recruits, trains and helps to manage volunteers in support of community school efforts;
  • Engages with neighborhood associations, residents and community leaders to understand community needs and develop two-way relationships of support.



  • Organizes and staffs regular meetings of the steering committee or appropriate leadership team, comprised of school administrators, School Family Council members, students, community representatives and extended service partners, to identify, coordinate, and broker relationships for service delivery at the school;
  • Implements approved action plan by establishing and coordinating partnerships, co-locating resources (within the school), developing the necessary work plans, agreements, MOUs, schedules and connecting families and community residents to those resources.



  • Aids in the evaluation of the individual community school programs by collecting data on new partners and the use of their services as well as general school climate indicators, i.e. school attendance, school safety and academic achievement;
  • Reports outcomes in a timely manner to CFA and to the Baltimore City Public Schools as required;
  • Represents the initiative publicly, as requested, reporting on program successes and outcomes. 


Preferred Qualifications


·        Associate degree from an accredited college or institution required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

·        5 years of relevant experience may be substituted for education


·        At least two (2) years of successful experience working with urban public school systems, including development and implementation of youth development programs, community organizing, family engagement and/or education policy including:

o   Developing and facilitating training, meetings, and/or professional development to expand the capacity of internal and external stakeholder groups;

o   Conducting needs assessments and using data to develop, implement, and adapt action plans and strategies;

o   Managing multiple projects with competing priorities and ability to coordinate a cadre of staff, partners, and volunteers.


·        Ability to practice inclusive and equitable management;

·        Ability to write and communicate clearly and effectively;

·        Capacity to develop effective working relationships with people from a variety of different ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual, and generational backgrounds to ensure the success of all children;

·        Proficiency with Microsoft office, database systems, data analysis, as well as budget development and implementation.



·        Social services landscape in Baltimore;

·        Academic partnerships for powerful learning experiences;

·        Social-emotional, and mental and physical health resources and supports;

·        Authentic family and community engagement for student and school success;

·        Community school principles and national standards for success.


Conditions of Employment:

The CSC is a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded position, with funding provided primarily through the Family League, State of Maryland’s Concentration of Poverty and Baltimore City Public Schools funds. 

Child First Background

Child First Authority (CFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by the organization Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD). It was created out of a community organizing effort from parents…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


Compensation includes health care benefits and vacation, sick, and personal leave.

Compensation includes health care benefits and vacation, sick, and personal leave.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Baltimore, MD
Associated Location
3904 Hickory Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211

How to Apply


Interested applicants should submit a compelling cover letter, resume and three professional references to by 11:59PM on March 1, 2021. Incomplete Applications (without resume, cover letter, and professional references attached) and applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. 


Interested applicants should submit a compelling cover letter, resume and three professional references to by 11:59PM on March 1, 2021…

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